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BENTHAM, Jeremy.

Théorie des peines et des récompenses.

Rédigée en françois, d'après les manuscrits, par M. Ét. Dumont.

London: Vogel and Schulze, and B. Dulau and Co., 1811 Stock Code: 98719
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First edition of Bentham's French work on crime and punishment, edited, arranged and translated from his unpublished manuscripts by his Swiss collaborator Étienne Dumont.

"Samuel Bentham, Jeremy's brother, had long been urging Bentham to translate, or get translated into French, his writings on legislation, in order that his name and views might be better known on the Continent; but Bentham could not afford to employ a good translator and was reluctant to complete the task himself. Dumont's arrival on the scene, therefore, and his willingness to become a disciple of Bentham were heaven-sent... Bentham has humorously told us 'that the plan was that Dumont should take my half-finished manuscripts as he found them, half English, half English-French and make what he could of them in Genevan-French without giving me any further trouble about the matter. Instead of that, the lazy rogue comes to me with everything that he writes, and teazes me to fill up every gap he has observed.' x. 313. Bowring says that Dumont scarcely ever failed to make Bentham attractive by the graces of his own style and by an infusion of commonplaces, of everyday knowledge and of familiar illustrations. Dumont himself wrote to Bentham: 'You are too metaphysical, you write for too small a class. I must be more diffuse - more explanatory.' However, as a result of the delays consequent on the French Revolution and Dumont's own laziness, it was 1802 before the Traités de Législation Civile et Pénale was published in Paris in three volumes, and 1811 when Théorie des Peines et des Récompenses followed in two volumes." (Muirhead).

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2 volumes, octavo (211 x 125 mm). Contemporary half calf and marbled boards, spines decorated and lettered gilt.


Library shelf mark in blue ink to front free endpapers. Spines lightly faded, light wear to spine ends and corners. A very good copy


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